Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Training the Drunken Sailor

The Drunken Sailor (Quisqualis indica) climbing the Nangka tree (Jackfruit) - Artocarpus heterophyllus

 It took about two years to see the Drunken Sailor finally having a good grip at the Jackfruit tree.  One of the concept of the Kambatik garden is to train climbers to creep trees.  By doing so they provide colours as well as attractive to birds.  The flowers are fragrant and produced in large bunches.  One interesting feature is the unusually elongated calyx tube which could be mistaken for  a flower stalk.  Though it can be propagated by cuttings, I find the more successful way is to use the root suckers.  The flowers and leaves are often perforated by beetles and grasshoppers.

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